Boys Basketball: Glenbrook North's Andrew McAuliffe is back
Updated: June 14, 2012 10:31AM
A day after playing a weekend full of games, Andrew McAuliffe's knee felt fine Monday.
It's been that way for a couple of weeks now, reaffirming the Glenbrook North rising senior's return to full health after a fractured patella ruined his junior season.
"It's great, 100 percent," the 6-foot-8 forward said. "For a while in the spring it was good, but it got a little sore after I played games. I'm now free of pain."
Once again, McAuliffe will be a major player for the Spartans, who also return standpoint point guard Kurt Karis. McAuliffe played with the team last weekend at Loyola-Chicago's camp and will be with Glenbrook North all of this month. Karis, who's been saddled with his own set of injuries recently, is expected to be back on the court soon.
"We look pretty good, but it's tough to totally tell because we had a couple of guys out," McAuliffesaid.
Also this month, McAuliffe plans four college visits. He will take trips to Davidson, Elon, Bucknell and Belmont. Elon is the only one of those four to not offer a scholarship.
Next month, McAuliffe will return to the AAU to play for Fundamental University. July is an evaluation period for college coaches.
McAuliffe's not out to impress anybody with anything other than his own game.
"I will stick to what I am good at," he said. "I will not go out of my way to do things I am comfortable with. If people are interested, then they are interested."
Already a strong back-to-the-basket player, McAuliffe is working to extend his game beyond the three-point line. He said he was close to doing that last season before getting hurt.
"I want to be a more consistent three-point shooter," he said. "It spreads out the floor for me and for the whole team. I am definitely looking to improve that area of my game."
As for his college decision, McAuliffe is taking his time. Although he'd love to make his pick sooner rather than later, he's exercising patience throughout the process.
"I have been getting phone calls from schools who haven't seen me play yet and want to next month," he said. "I am going to let it play out for a little while longer."